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The US’ BOEM designates area with 32 GW of offshore wind potential

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced that it has finalized its designation of a Wind Energy Area (WEA) in the Gulf of Maine and an upcoming Environmental Review of potential offshore wind leasing activities in it. The Final WEA has a potential to support 32 GW of wind capacity. The WEA totals about 8,100 m2 off the US States of Maine (potential of 3 GW), Massachusetts (10 GW), and New Hampshire, ranging from approximately 37 to 148 km off the coast. The announcement to prepare an environmental assessment of potential impacts from offshore wind leasing activities in the WEA will initiate a 30-day public comment period. Another public comment period would occur if BOEM decides to move forward with a lease sale in the WEA.

At the federal level, the United States targets 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 15 GW of floating wind capacity by 2035. The country also plans to reach 110 GW or more of offshore wind by 2050.

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